With temperatures warming this week throughout Minnesota, the heavily packed snow is finally beginning to melt. National Weather Service Meterologist Joe Calderone says that with temperatures for the majority of the week expected to be in the mid and upper 40s, the state should lose five to eight inches of the existing snow pack. He says a probable lack of heavy precipitation in coming weeks may slow down any potential flooding. He also says the snowpack may have a very positive impact on the coming planting season as it melts. New Ulm has lost over 8-inches of snowpack in just the past few days, and the temperature reached 52-degrees on Monday, the first time it’s been in the 50′s in New Ulm since November 16th of 2013.